While this was once a paper, it migrated naturally into a report of sorts. I could see it being used in an English classroom discussing reputations or cliques, but it's probably just as well suited as an all-school assignment dealing with cliques or bullying...something guidance counselors or principals might like to use. As I reformatted it, I also realized it would be great as a staff development activity, especially if your staff has some difficult personalities or egos.
Basically, the assignment asks questions about one's peer reputation. The end result, after about twenty blanks to fill in, is a self-assessment of how you feel about your own reputation and how others might see you.
For example, I would have chosen "loner" as one of my traits as a teacher. Then I would have identified why I was seen this way, but I would have also had to identify my ideal reputation with my peers, and that would have been "personable." (And I am, once you get to know me). The worksheet asks about consequences of reputation choices. I could have used that reminder as a teacher because admins saw me as not a team player. Some of your students suffer from similar negative results because of their reputations. This assignment makes them think about it in a meaningful way.
If nothing else, every teacher who has seniors or 8th graders should have to go over something like this, maybe in homeroom. I can remember seeing the college freshmen showing up in their letterman's jackets and acting like hot shots, but it's really a whole new ball game.
This is the kind of assignment homeschool parents or online school teachers might overlook, but your kids have reputations and have to interact with others once in a while. How do they see themselves doing this effectively? And it does matter.
Includes link to Google Docs version so you can have students put it in a folder shared with you or all teachers after they complete it online. Speaking of online, an online reputation is also important, but this report gets at the decisions BEFORE it affects online reputation. It would probably work well in conjunction with some of the online reputation assignments on this site.